Chestnut Hill, Mass. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team (7-6) outscored Boston College 24-6 in the third quarter and forced 21 total turnovers as it closed out non-conference action with a 61-40 victory on Thursday evening at Conte Forum.
The victory marked Maine’s first road win over an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent since it defeated Miami, 54-53, in 2007.
The Black Bears held Boston College (5-8) to a 16-for-56 shooting night (29.6%) and carried a 19-9 advantage in points off turnovers. Maine’s 14 steals was its second-highest total of the season and marked the fourth time it finished with double-digit steal tallies on the season.
Maine put together solid defensive efforts in the second and third quarters, holding the Eagles to just 15 points over the 20-minute margin and a 6-for-25 shooting performance.
Blanca Millan led all scorers with 18 points, eclipsing double-digits for the 12th straight contest, while adding seven rebounds. Julie Brosseau knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points while Tanesha Sutton packed the stat line with nine points, 11 boards, six steals and four assists.
The Black Bears began the action a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown as Brosseau’s triple midway through the first quarter gave the visitors a 13-6 edge.
After UMaine stretch its lead to nine, the Eagles answered with a 5-0 run, chipping the lead to four early in the second period.
Back-to-back buckets from Millan began an 8-0 Black Bear run as Maine took its largest lead of the half, 25-13, with 6:20 left in the quarter.
Millan’s tenth point of the half extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12-straight games as the Black Bears would lead, 29-20, at the break.
The Black Bears put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Boston College 24-6 over the 10-minute span. A 12-0 run, keyed by a pair of three-point field goals from Brosseau, extended Maine’s lead to 21 with 5:23 left in the period. The Black Bears closed the period on a 10-2 run, not allowing a Boston College field goal over the sprint, to carry a 53-26 advantage into the fourth.
Maine opened the fourth with a 6-0 run, beginning with four straight from Millan, as it would take its largest lead of the game, 58-26, with 7:27 remaining.
A layup by Milan Bolden-Morris with 4:02 left in the contest ended a Boston College field goal drought which spanned 9:01.
The Black Bears would hold on for a convincing 61-40 win to wrap up its regular season non-conference action.
Maine begins America East league play on Jan. 3 when it hosts Stony Brook at the Cross Insurance Center at 7 p.m.